Stephen Shelley

Artistic Director & Executive Producer

Stephen began his career in the arts as the Assistant Company Manager and Personal Assistant to Merce Cunningham.  For four years, Stephen traveled the world, and experienced and produced performance on a very large scale.  He founded Théatre de la Fête in 1995, and produced/directed a series of works that included “Noah’s Flood”, “Tale of the Magic Glove” and most recently, Seneca’s “Medea”.

Upon leaving MCDC, Stephen directed a small work for the NY International Fringe Festival, “Ashokh”.  In this work, he choreographed a 2-person dance to be performed around a woman, dressed in Kabuki clothing, playing Medea.  From 2001-2003 Stephen had the pleasure of working with Matt Mitler and Theater Group Dzieci as an actor.  He appeared in multiple improvisations around town, on the streets, in hospitals, at festivals and for a variety of specific populations.  He also helped premiere Dzieci’s “The Devils of Loudun” at Ellen Stewart’s La MaMa ETC Annex Space in January of 2003.  Since then, Stephen has appeared in a variety of Dzieci’s work including 2009′s presentation of the group’s wondrous “Fool’s Mass”.

Stephen has produced theater and events at BAM, The Paris Opera (Palais Garnier), Teatro La Fenice (Venice), Le Corum (Montpellier France), City Center (New York City), La MaMa ETC & Carnegie Hall (amongst others). In 2014, he was listed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of The 100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.


Allyson Morgan


Allyson Morgan is an actress, writer, producer, and the founder and Executive Director of the award-winning film and theatre collective F*It Club. TV: “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC), “The Americans” (FX), “Hostages” (CBS), “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central), “Divorce” (HBO). She was named one of just five winners out of thousands of entrants from over 63 countries in the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series; her short film Need For Speed (Dating) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014. In addition to Executive Producing six years of F*It Club’s signature program, “The Spring Fling,” Allyson has served as Festival Producer for the Jewish Plays Project’s Open Festival, and co-producer of The Green Plays in conjunction with Gowanus Art + Production. In fall 2014 through summer 2015 at The Peoples Improv Theater, she also produced a sold out run of Hold On To Your Butts, a shot-for-shot recreation parody of the greatest dinosaur movie of all time featuring only two actors and a foley artist, which was named a “critic’s pick” and one of the “top ten comedy shows of 2014” by Time Out New York.

She has additionally served as Associate Director of the Waterwell Summer Theater Lab, Festival Manager for the Indie Street Film Festival, Outreach Coordinator for Tropfest New York and the Nantucket Film Festival, Volunteer Coordinator for the First Time Fest, Event Coordinator for the Lower East Side Film Festival, Events Manager for NewFest and the Hamptons International Film Festival, and Casting Associate at Jodi Collins Casting and Vh1.


Josh Blackburn

Marketing Manager

Josh Blackburn is a theatrical production and marketing professional specializing in new and original works.  He has lead marketing campaigns for the first national tour of the TONY award nominated A Night with Janis Joplin as well as the first tour of Alvin and The Chipmunks the Musical and other.  Management credits include Fuerza Bruta, Fuerza Bruta: WAYRA, Traces, The Ohmies, The Marvel Experience and many others.  Josh is a proud Brooklyn resident and is excited to work with the BEAT Festival to showcase the best in Brooklyn talent.  


Michael Faba

Production Manager

Mike Faba is a New York based Lighting Designer, Production Manager, and Stage Manager for Theatre and Dance.  Recent design credits include The What Dance by the Tugboat Collective, New Voices at NYU-Steinhardt, The Order by Dance Iquail! at the Harlem School of the Arts, FLICfest at Theater Irondale, and Kids on Strike at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute.  Mike is currently the Production Stage Manager and Lighting Supervisor for the Kate Weare Company, as well as for Radiolab Live: In The Dark, a collaboration between WNYC’s Radiolab and Pilobolus.  Mike was also Lighting Supervisor for Martha Clarke’s Angel Reapers, which premiered at the Joyce last fall after a northeast tour.  Mike is a graduate of the Professional Theater Arts Training Program in Lighting Design at the Seattle Repertory Theater, and holds a BA in Drama from Vassar College.


Rich Johnson

Festival Coordinator

Rich Johnson is a NYC-based musician, sound designer, and teaching artist. Rich studied at the Hartt School of Music before attending NYU as a music technology major. He is currently the managing director for the Centrifuge Artistic Collaborative (, a new multidisciplinary company with an aim of creating new works at the intersection of science and art. Rich has worked on the production teams for the River to River Festival, NY International Fringe Festival, Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, Seaport Music Series, NY Comedy Festival, and Governor’s Ball, among others. More can be found at